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Rent [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Rent, musical play: Tune Up #1
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    3. Rent, musical play: Tune Up #2
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    10. Rent, musical play: Today 4 U
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    14. Rent, musical play: Out Tonight
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    19. Rent, musical play: I'll Cover You
    20. Rent, musical play: We're Okay
    21. Rent, musical play: Christmas Bells
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    23. Rent, musical play: La Vie Boheme
    24. Rent, musical play: I Should Tell You
    25. Rent, musical play: La Vie Boheme B
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Rent, musical play: Seasons Of Love
    2. Rent, musical play: Happy New Year
    3. Rent, musical play: Voice Mail #3
    4. Rent, musical play: Happy New Year B
    5. Rent, musical play: Take Me Or Leave Me
    6. Rent, musical play: Seasons Of Love B
    7. Rent, musical play: Without You
    8. Rent, musical play: Voice Mail #4
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    10. Rent, musical play: I'll Cover You-Reprise
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    14. Rent, musical play: Voice Mail #5
    15. Rent, musical play: Finale
    16. Rent, musical play: Your Eyes
    17. Rent, musical play: Finale B
    18. Rent, musical play: Seasons Of Love
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50003

  • Credits
    ProducerArif Mardin; Steve Skinner
    EngineerJason Goldstein; Bonzai Jim Caruso; Jim Caruso; Michael O'Reilly; Andy Grassi

    Music and lyrics written by Jonathan Larson.
    Principal cast: Adam Pascal (Roger Davis); Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen); Jesse L. Martin (Tom Collins); Taye Diggs (Benjamin Coffin III); Fredi Walker (Joanne Jefferson); Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel Schunard); Daphne Rubin-Vega (Mimi Marquez); Idina Menzel (Maureen Johnson); Kristen Lee Kelly, Byron Utley, Gwen Stewart, Timothy Britten Parker, Gilles Chiasson, Rodney Hicks, Aiko Nakasone.
    Additional personnel: Stevie Wonder.
    Recorded at Sorcerer Sound and Right Track Recording, New York, New York. Includes a 36-page booklet with a plot synopsis and complete lyrics.
    RENT was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
    Composer: Jonathan Larson.
    Lyricist: Billy Aronson.
    Personnel: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rodney Hicks, Jesse L. Martin , Gwen Stewart, Idina Menzel, Aiko Nakasone, Taye Diggs, Byron Utley, Wilson Jermaine Heredia , Gilles Chiasson, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp (vocals); Anthony Jackson (guitar, contra guitar); Daniel A. Weiss (guitar, synthesizer); Kenny Brescia (guitar); Ira Siegel (electric guitar); Dominic Derasse (trumpet, piccolo trumpet); Tim Weil (piano, synthesizer); Steve Skinner (keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Jeffrey Potter (drums, percussion); Kurt Fischer (sound effects).
    Audio Mixer: Michael O'Reilly.
    Recording information: Right Track Recording, NY; Sorcerer Sound, NY.
    Directors: Michael Grief; Michael Greif; Robin Sloane; Tim Weil.
    Photographers: Joan Marcus; Richie Lee; Amy Guip.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: George Marino; Anthony Jackson; Stevie Wonder; Tim Weil.
    Arrangers: Arif Mardin; Steve Skinner; Tim Weil.
    This 43-track set includes in its entirety the unlikely opera about AIDS, drugs, squatters, down-and-out artists and (of course) love that won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama and went on to knock Broadway off its feet at a time when the Broadway musical was widely assumed to be dead. Like the climactic love song that seems to magically rescue one of the main characters from near-death, RENT itself may well be responsible for bringing Broadway back to life.
    RENT was written and composed by Jonathan Larson, who died suddenly hours after the final dress rehearsal. Larson's music is almost seamless in the way it quilts together show-tune tradition with current pop styles, reflecting the story's blend of a classical plot (it's loosely based on Puccini's opera "La Boheme") with a thoroughly modern setting. A tango, in which a man and woman compare notes on a lover they have shared, fits comfortably between an electronic dance tune with rapped vocals ("Today 4 U," sung by the play's drag-queen hero) and a rocking entreaty to come "Out Tonight." The latter is sung by Daphne Rubin-Vega, whose coquettish pop voice and sensual presence help her stand out from a great ensemble cast.
    The play's unexpectedly optimistic message is spelled out in a breathtaking pop song called "Seasons Of Love," which leads off the second act. As a bonus, Stevie Wonder joins the cast for a reprise that puts a soaring coda of hope on this dark opera.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/26/96, pp.192-194) - "...Composer and librettist Jonathan Larson...was a gifted melodicist with a special knack for exuberant choral interplay and for dosing racy showpieces with beguiling, melancholy interludes...that shake with '60s-Brill Building heartache..."
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